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NFL Commissioner talks about sports betting at Owners meetings


NFL Commissioner talks about sports betting at Owners meetings

The National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell talked about the future of sports betting in the US during a press conference at the league owners meeting on Wednesday.

While publically addressing the issue of sports betting and talking about the prospects that it may soon arrive in the United States he said that while though he doesn't have much insights about it, but he thought that the step might bring a huge impact.

"We are not privy to the Supreme Court's decision, but this week we made sure to make people understand how the potential of gambling can change," he said.

He also said, "Supreme Court's decision would certainly change the way we operate."

NFL has not been involved in a lobbying effort on sports betting which was spearheaded by the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.

Full-fledged sports wagering is illegal outside Nevada due to 1992 federal law, the PASPA. A decision on the matter is soon expected either on April 2 or in June when the Supreme Court's current term ends.

"NFL has constantly backed maintaining the integrity of our game. Irrespective of what Supreme Court decides, we need to make sure that we do not compromise on the integrity of our game," Roger Goodell asserted.

"We do not know what the apex court is going to do and we are clueless about evolution about other issues as well. But we wanted to make sure our clubs fully gain insight about our moves," he added.

A win in the case would directly result in rapid expansion of sports betting around the country. Several states have already passed legislation to legalize sports betting and gambling within their boundary.

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